Saturday, September 04, 2021

Thoughts on MacIntyre's Spy & the Traitor: A Gripping Account of a Russian Agent that's Hard to Believe is Non-fiction

I read Ben MacIntyre's The Spy and the Traitor with great interest. 

While reading the book, I was immediately drawn to the thought, "this must be an amazing fictional novel describing a James Bond-like character." But, in fact, this is a work of nonfiction describing the amazing escapades of Oleg Gordievsky, a famous Russian agent who ended up working for MI6. 

Some of Gordievsky’s exploits are truly amazing and hard to believe, such as his escape from the Soviet Union in what was called Operation Pimlico. At another point, he was working as a double agent for the KGB; while in their London office, he was simultaneously advising the UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and Gorbachev on their negotiations. 

Overall, this was a gripping read that I would highly recommend.

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War:
Ben Macintyre: 9781101904190: Books

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